'The Equalizer' Comfortably Leads on Monday with $2.97MSeptember 30, 2014 12:40 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's The Equalizer took in $2.97 million to lead the daily box office with ease on Monday. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington has led the daily box office for four consecutive days. The Equalizer was down 64 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Equalizer continues to perform in line with the higher end of its lofty pre-release expectations with a healthy four-day start of $37.11 million. That places the film 3.5 percent behind the $38.44 million four-day take of 2010's The Book of Eli (which had the advantage of its first Monday falling on Martin Luther King Day).

The Maze Runner placed in second with $0.97 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox continues to hold up relatively well, as it was down 77 percent from Sunday and down 48 percent from last Monday. The Maze Runner has grossed a strong $58.92 million in eleven days and is set to clear the $60 million mark either today or Wednesday. The film is currently running 29 percent ahead of the $45.59 million eleven-day take of last year's Ender's Game and is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls claimed third place with $0.73 million. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika was down a sizable 85 percent from Sunday, which is a sign of the film skewing heavily towards family audiences. The Boxtrolls has grossed a stronger than expected $18.01 million in four days. That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $15.54 million start of 2012's ParaNorman.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You took fourth place with $0.58 million. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey was down 64 percent from Sunday and down just 33 percent from last Monday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $23.02 million in eleven days. While that is a bit below expectations, the film continues to display very solid holding power thus far.

Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones rounded out Monday's top five with $0.39 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down 63 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 59 percent from last Monday. A Walk Among the Tombstones has grossed an underwhelming $21.22 million in eleven days and continues to display early signs of being significantly front-loaded.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Aug. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,857,355-60%3,745--$1,030$42,000,1801Universal
2The Campaign$3,141,082-54%3,205--$980$29,729,5421Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,344,003-58%3,690-552$635$391,932,2194Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$1,571,621-59%2,361--$666$20,674,7991Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,113,759-45%3,40110$327$31,469,9332Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$1,012,200-57%3,6010$281$45,113,6322Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$818,509-53%3,103-439$264$144,513,4905Fox
8Ted (2012)$408,480-53%2,208-559$185$210,257,0657Universal
9Step Up Revolution$369,403-55%1,898-708$195$30,625,9833Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$306,746-52%2,463-705$125$31,702,8253Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$296,844-51%1,585-840$187$255,761,5216Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$174,188-51%800--$218$2,340,3471ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$91,420-47%447-240$205$42,166,21212Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$90,575-56%286-32$317$7,250,7317Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$64,629-44%306-198$211$211,750,82810Paramount / DreamWorks
5Magic Mike$62,490-41%450-752$139$112,301,4397Warner Bros.
6Ruby Sparks$60,345-52%261197$231$1,300,9453Fox Searchlight
7The Hunger Games$46,615-49%260-31$179$407,340,90721Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$46,286-55%1940$239$9,345,12612Weinstein Company
10Snow White and the Huntsman$35,490-54%273-36$130$154,334,55011Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$27,087-36%202-75$134$25,101,3946Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$26,087-61%364-373$72$64,768,5827Lionsgate
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$22,617-52%184-46$123$45,397,95315Fox Searchlight
15Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$13,405-50%130-35$103$37,192,8588Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$44,426-17%520$854$7,340,76117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,202-7%330$430$20,503,94171Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$8,951-48%73-48$123$3,611,97610FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,637-54%45-87$81$79,715,31514Warner Bros.
5Rock of Ages$2,394-45%57-88$42$38,511,7369Warner Bros. / New Line
6Easy Money (2012)$2,064-64%71$295$145,3215Weinstein Company
7A Cat In Paris$966-56%12-2$81$288,67611GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$547-63%10-24$55$5,669,62811ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$324-19%456$7$64,933,99420Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$14-93%2-48$7$38,8562Roadside Attractions